Connecting Classrooms to Conservation programs gives your students an opportunity to engage in a custom, project-based learning experience to better understand the issues facing wildlife and wild places today. These programs can be tailored for students at any grade or ability level.
Each experience includes one field trip to the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens and visits to your school by our Zoo Education team. These visits can be spread out over the course of the school year or condensed into a week.
Are your students the “Fighting Wildcats”? Do they have “Eagle Pride”? Your students can harness their school spirit into helping save animals through a hands-on conservation project. Don’t have an animal mascot? Not a problem! Just choose an animal and join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in protecting that species! This program will match your students with a local or international organizations working to protect and save your mascot in the wild. Your Zoo visit will include a special keeper talk and/or behind the scenes tour.
Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to help save pollinators! Students will learn about the importance of pollinators, engage in pollinator monitoring, and create their own pollinator project with the help of Zoo staff. Your Zoo visit will include a special guided garden tour.
Help the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens protect our waterways! In this program students will learn about our local water resources and the threats they are facing such as plastic debris, run off, and habitat loss. When we visit your school, we will work with the students to complete a water conservation project. Then, when your students visit the Zoo, they will get a guided tour to our favorite local waterway ambassador- the Florida Manatee!
When scheduling a Zoo program, please keep the following in mind:
A program date change must be made in writing by email or fax. Date changes will incur a $25 rescheduling fee.
Cancellations must be received in writing by email or fax at least two weeks prior to the program date to qualify for a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within two weeks of the program date.
No refunds will be issued for no shows or late arrivals. We do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but reserve the right to cancel or adjust program length depending on staff and classroom availability. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled time, your program will automatically be cancelled with no refund.
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